The Man Who Invented the Karplus Equation

Martin Karplus
Martin Karplus

Martin Karplus, who is currently a professor at Harvard and the Universite Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, was the last graduate student to study under Linus Pauling. Karplus was born in Vienna, Austria. He became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1945. He graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in 1950. In 1953, Karplus graduated with his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology.

Karplus has published two books and over 600 articles. In 1993, he was the first to be awarded the American Chemical Society's Theoretical Chemistry Award. He was also awarded the 2004 Pauling Award.

Karplus is most famous for the development of the Karplus equation, which is useful in the study of the secondary structure of proteins and conformational analysis of organic molecules.

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